Egypt: History in the making
I’m supposed to be working on my sequel this morning but the images coming from the Egyptian street are so compelling, I can’t turn away.
Tahrir Square in Cairo is filled with an estimated 2 million people. Alexandria is all but shut down by the protests. The military rank-and-file has rolled tanks, not to suppress the people, but to back them up. The foreign community – including Turkey – is calling for the 30-year government to listen to the people … and all the people are saying is “stand down.”
The best TV journalism remains Al Jazeera, as it has been for days now. The scroll on its English-language channel keeps showing the coordinates of communications satellites, in order to help people in Egypt, without access now to the Internet (and with its Cairo office under police arrest), to pirate their signal.
History is unfolding before us. If a historically secure government like Egypt can fall to the will of the Arabic Street, who is next? Myanmar? Syria?